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Let's Talk about Water with Kim O'Cain

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Kim O'Cain is the President of O’Cain Consulting, a small, woman-owned consulting firm in Santa Monica, CA providing water conservation planning, public policy and outreach services to public agencies and businesses. Kim has more than 18 years of experience developing and implementing water conservation and efficiency programs and policies, including managing the City of Santa Monica’s water conservation unit. Kim implemented the first landscape rebate program, water neutrality ordinance and sustainable landscape ordinance in California. She taught the Sustainable Landscape Program continuing education courses at Santa Monica College, and is currently an Adjunct Professor at SMC teaching water sustainability courses. Here are the topics we explored:

  • While you were really spearheading the water conservation issues at the institutional level, it comes down to us residents.  You implemented the landscape rebate program.  Tell us how you got it going, what you had to do to bring awareness of homeowners, and where you think it stands throughout California?
  • Since I met you, we’ve had a few devastating fires in our area.  One of our clients in Malibu did lose their home completely in Woosley Fire.  While it is a loaded topic, but what do you think we learned from those fires? 
  • You work with municipalities to come up with programs around water conservation. Do you have any programs that’s worth mentioning for our audience?  Find your local information:  www.socalwatersmart.com
  • I share the interest and joy of camping, cooking and traveling with you.  At personal level, what are some of the things you do to ensure you are living a greener life?

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